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January Newsletter

 Greetings from the Principal

   The holidays inevitably bring new items into our households, some of which can have greater impacts than we initially intend.  For my older son, hockey equipment arrived as a gift. He had progressed through skating lessons and now wanted to try the sport.  For my wife and I, this interest was met with some worry because of his small stature. Despite some gentle prodding, he was determined to give it a try.  Who said parenting gets easier once they are out of diapers?    

   Wanting to support his interest, we began to read about hockey and some of its star players.  Through this, we made the happy discovery that my son shares the same birthday as Wayne Gretzky.  A new hero had been found! He received Mr. Gretzky’s biography from the popular Who is…. series and read through it quickly.  As we discussed it, we found out that Wayne had also been considered undersized for hockey, but made up for it with unrelenting hard work and attention to the mental aspects of the sport. 

   Beyond hockey, I was impressed by Wayne’s dedication to family and for being a truly decent human being.  From further reading, I found out that Wayne has helped to support individuals with Down Syndrome in Canada.  Wayne’s aunt was born with Down Syndrome and he later helped to make Joey Moss, a friend with Down Syndrome, the locker room attendant for the Edmonton Oilers.  Joey has now held this position for over 30 years and is considered the heart of the organization. Wayne has also financially supported the Winnifred Stewart Society in Canada, helping to create independent living opportunities for Joey and other people with intellectual disabilities. 

   While my son may never reach the lofty heights of hockey glory that Wayne achieved, it has been nice to see him learn about someone who could serve as a role model no matter what path in life he chooses.  Biographies can have a powerful impact on a child’s life, so visit a local library and see who might catch your young reader’s eye. I will also be stopping by the DIY section to see if there is a way to repair all of the new dents I have in my garage door from the street hockey ball.  Happy reading!

 

Did You Know?…

Parents and Families—this year’s main fundraiser is the North Falmouth Glow Run! It’s a two-week program that kicks off with a Pep Rally on January 10th. Families will then gather pledges for every lap your student runs (30-35 laps) at the North Falmouth Glow Run, which will happen on January 22ndThis year our goal is to raise $10,000 and we need your help! We’ve asked the experts at Booster to power our fundraiser to make it easier, more profitable, and more fun. 

Students will also experience an amazing character-theme, MINDSPARK: WILD WEST! Booster’s most exciting theme yet combines S.T.E.A.M. skills (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) with character-building. While they're teaming up with the MindSpark Kids to save Dr. Shock, our students will learn five character traits that will help strengthen themselves and our world.

 Donations will go towards teacher funds and the entire two-week experience. So please help our school by getting pledges from family and friends and entering them on FUNRUN.COM. Thanks so much for your support!

 How We Determine if Recess is Inside or Outside

We try to get our students outside as much as possible.  When the weather is very cold, we refer to the “Child Care Weather Map” produced by the Iowa Department of Public Health to help us determine if the temperature and wind chill are safe for outdoor play. 

Recess is always inside when the temperature and wind chill are in the danger range or the colder end of the caution range.  

 We generally have outdoor recess when the temperature and wind chill are at the upper end of the caution range (about 20 degrees and above).  Our recess time is 30 minutes.  Only children with appropriate clothing (coats, hats and mittens or gloves) are allowed outside, and only children with snow pants and boots are allowed to play in the snow.  Children are allowed to use roll up sleds on our hills.  This is great fun!  Only roll up type sleds are allowed.  If you wish to, feel free to purchase a roll up sled for your child to bring to school to share with their class.

 

Reminders: *Please keep lunch accounts paid in full and up to date.  Thank you.

 

Crafters donated:  After making and selling their crafts, many children chose to donate a portion of their profits to charity.  The charities
that received the most votes by the children were Boston Children’s Hospital & Friends for Falmouth Dogs.   The show’s participants raised over $900.00!  A large THANK YOU goes to all those students and families who contributed to these wonderful charities.  Many thanks to everyone for making the craft fair such a positive experience.

Toys for Tots:  Thank you to everyone who helped make many children in the area have a very wonderful Christmas. Ms. LeBoeuf’s class did a great job supporting this project. We collected 135 toys this year! 

Safety Reminders:  - When you drop items off at school for your child, please     make sure they are labeled with your child’s first & last name, and their teacher’s name.

- All North Falmouth staff have ID badges. We have badges available for visitors, volunteers & substitutes. Please sign in and remember to put on the appropriate badge/visitor sticker when you are in the building. Thank you for helping us make North Falmouth School a safe place for all children.  We appreciate your help in keeping our students safe.

 *HALF DAY OF SCHOOL - January 14 - All students will be dismissed at 12:40 p.m.  It is VERY important to write a note to your child’s teacher if their dismissal plan for a half day is different from what you originally put on their dismissal plan at the beginning of the school year for half days of school. January 20 Martin Luther King Jr. Day—No School.